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On the Bay: August 3, 2011

Port Washington Yacht Club continues their tradition of supporting a charity with their regattas. On Saturday, July 16, the junior sailors at PWYC followed the great example of their parents and participated in the 10th Annual Junior Regatta to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The following is an account of this very successful event, written by Erik Brandvold:

“Seventy-nine junior sailors from around Long Island Sound came to Port Washington to participate in the Annual Junior Regatta. It was a typical warm summer day on Manhasset Bay… no wind. However, the fresh breeze from the south filled in nicely to allow for a great day of racing. Trophies were awarded to Erin Condon (PWYC) for 1st place in the Laser 4.7 Class. TJ Danilek (MBYC) finished 1st in the Blue Fleet and Jack Haberman (PWYC) brought home silver in the White Fleet.

“Congratulations go out to all sailors not just for their efforts on the water but their fund-raising as well. A special thank you goes out to Jake Brandvold, William Boutzalis, Lilian Kennedy, and Buddy Vetrone as the top four fundraisers for the event. As a result of everyone’s contributions, PWYC was able to raise almost $25,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With an average wish costing $7,500, that’s enough for at least three wishes!

“A key part of the fundraising is our wonderful gift baskets that are raffled off to a lucky few. Special thanks to the many local Port Washington and Manhasset businesses that provided donations to help our fundraising efforts. There are just too many to list by name so please support them as they have supported us. It is also important to mention the special donations provided by our membership as well. Specifically the Nettesheims, the Abruzzos, the Kennedys, the Nees, the Brandvolds, as well as the Jarmeks.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this day a success. Aidan McCormack, Mike Lyons, Katy Brandvold, Mike Obler, Monique and Serena Jones, Elizabeth and Edward Einhaus and Mike Nettesheim who all helped with Race Committee and Registration. Thank You to Commodore Boulukos for hosting these fine volunteers aboard Tuxn. Thank you to Commodore Debaun, and Rear Commodore Weigand for their continued support.

“A very special thank you has to go out to Vice Commodore Nees, Catherine Einhaus and Tom Egan, who continue to go above and beyond to ensure the success of our Junior Sailing program.

“And a very, very special thanks is in order for all the hard work that made this event such a success over at PWYC. Imagine – raising enough funds for at least three wishes. This is definitely a win all around: not only for the Make-A-Wish Foundation but for all the members and children at PWYC. There is nothing quite as good as raising money for a good cause, and having fun at the same time – to say nothing of the wonderful example the parents are giving their children. Everyone’s efforts are a true gift - of wonderful memories on a mid-July day on Manhasset Bay.“

Now that we are in the middle of the summer season, it might be a good time to think about our time in the sun and the effects of the sun’s rays on our skin. Scuttlebutt, the online daily sailing newsletter, published an article written R.J. Ignelzi at the San Diego Union-Tribute, on the facts and fiction of skin cancer. He writes:

“In a world of tweets and sound bites, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. However, when it comes to skin cancer, it’s imperative to know the truth since it may help save your life.


Getting a base suntan protects you from skin cancer.


“There are no healthy tans,” said Dr. Stephen Shewmake, a dermatologist with Palomar Pomerado Health. “A tan is a visual sign of sun damage to the skin.” In an effort to protect itself from further sun damage, the skin cells produce a pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin. By the time the tan develops, permanent damage has been done and will someday show up in the form of wrinkles, blotches, sagging tissue or skin cancer.


Men and women are equally at risk for getting skin cancer.


Since men are less diligent about applying and reapplying sunscreen and tend to spend more time outdoors, they are usually at higher risk. Over a lifetime, 1 in 58 Caucasian women will develop melanoma, while the rate is 1 in 39 for men, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The trend is reversed among people under 40, probably because young women spend more time sunbathing.


Visible signs of aging and/or skin cancer will show up within a year or two after bad sunburns.


“I tell my patients that skin never forgets how much sun you’ve had over a lifetime. The exposure and damage accumulates,” said Shewmake, who sees most skin cancer in people after the age of 40 or 50. “It’s those severe sunburns during childhood that create the greatest risk for melanoma.”

There are a lot more fiction and facts in the full report, which can be seen at 2011/jul/26/skin-fact-and-fiction/.

Catching up on some scores: Thirsty Thursday racing on July 28: Division I (5.48 nm, Course UC, 8 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Ripple, John Towers, and 3. Andiamo, Paul Strauch. Division II (4.40 NM, Course UI, 5 boats): 1. Rosie, Ron Fink, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Scarlet, Weintraub (no first name available). Division III Cruising (3.60 nm, Course UY, 4 boats): 1. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum and 2. Escape, Chuck McCarthy. Thirsty Thursday scores for July 21: Division I (7.84 nm, Course BITI, 6 boats): 1. Andiamo, 2. Ripple, and 3. Avalanche. Division II (7.18 nm, Course BIEI, 6 boats): 1. Liquid Courage, Daniel Herron, 2. Rosie, and 3. Vision. Division III (5.48 nm, Course UC, 11 boats): 1. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro, 2. Escape, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division III Cruising ( 5.48 nm, Course UC, 5 boats): 1. Eudaimonia, 2. Escape, and 3. Serenity.

Bay Racing on the weekend of July 30-31. Saturday results: Sonar Division: 1. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind, 2. #726, Ghost Rider, Michael Aingorn, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning. MBOs: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #26, Malachite, Lou Lane/Nina Randall, David Sigal, and 3. #14, Humdinger, Jeffrey Rowland/John Silbersack. There was no racing on Sunday due to lack of wind.